Vancouver’s Turning Point Ensemble celebrates a decade of making music with a 2015/2016 season filled with premieres, including a concert to mark the 30th anniversary of the bombing of Air India Flight 182 off the south-west coast of Ireland.
A part of the Vancouver music scene for ten years now, the upcoming Turning Point Ensemble (TPE) season continues to fulfill the 17-member ensemble’s mandate of increasing the understanding and appreciation of music composed during the past hundred years.
“Turning Point Ensemble is the work of many people who have nurtured a vision to provide transformative artistic experiences”, says Artistic Director Owen Underhill. “This season is a rich example of the total theatrical experience.”
The TPE season begins in October with Music of a Thousand Autumns, a celebration of Canadian composers that includes new music from Canadian composers. The concert will feature Dorothy Chang’s chamber symphony Three Windows, new commissions from prize-winning composers Anthony Tan and Farangis Nurulla-Khoja and the premiere of Alexina Louie’s new work. The concert kicks off the ensemble’s cross-Canada tour.
In November the Turning Point Ensemble and Simon Fraser University Woodward’s Cultural Programs presents air india [redacted], a world premiere of music, theatre, poetry and projections commemorating the largest terrorist incident and mass murder in Canadian history.
Five years in the making, Irish composer Jürgen Simpson creates has created the music based on his extensive research of the Air India tragedy and inspired by Vancouver poet Renée Sarojini Saklikar’s award winning book of poetry children of air india un/authorized exhibits and interjections. Under the direction of Irish director Tom Creed and visuals by Irish artist John Galvin, air india [redacted] will showcase the Turning Point Ensemble, international soprano Tharanga Goonetillekeand, and Canadian singers Daniel Cabena and Alexander Dobson. The concert is also part of Simon Fraser University’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
The season wraps in April 2016 with Superimposition, as the Turning Point Ensemble and Nu:BC Collective share the stage for an inventive evening including a premiere by San Francisco-based composer Aaron Gervais. Vancouver composer John Oliver will also premiere his saxophone concerto Cool Cut, and Nu:BC Collective presents a new arrangement by Ana Sokolovic, and a premiere by Dorothy Chang.
Individual tickets and season subscriptions are now on sale. Visit http://turningpointsensemble.ca for tickets and more information.